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Josh Graff Zivin
Type: Faculty
Name: Josh Graff Zivin
Title: Professor
Degree: Ph.D.
Degree From: University of California, Berkeley
Degree Year: 1998
Contact Information
Phone number: 858-822-6438
E-mail: jgraffzivin@ucsd.edu
Fax: 858-534-3939
Mailing Address: University of California, San Diego
Josh Graff Zivin, GPS
9500 Gilman Dr. #0519
La Jolla, CA 92093-0519
Office: RBC 1313
Research Information
Fields of Research: Environmental and Resource Economics (Primary)
Health Economics (Primary)
Development Economics
Research Interest: Health economics, environmental economics, and international development, focusing on how uncertainty and heterogeneity affect both individual and societal decision-making.
Research Statement: Professor Graff Zivin has published numerous articles on a wide range of topics in top economic, policy, and medical journals. His research spans three fields of economics – health, the environment, and international development– and focuses on how uncertainty and heterogeneity affect both individual and societal decision-making. Policy relevance serves as a guiding force behind all of this work, building upon two important and general principles. First, individuals and even large organizations generally dislike uncertainty, and will frequently go to great lengths to avoid it. Public policies that ignore this preference create unintended consequences, often falling far short of their stated goals. Second, individuals differ in their tastes and, as a result, in their responses to external stimuli. Individual heterogeneity in preferences and other characteristics challenges the notion of one-size-fits-all policies.
Curriculum Vitae: http://gps.ucsd.edu/_files/faculty/graff-zivin/graff-zivin_cv.pdf
Miscellaneous Information
Personal Webpage: http://gps.ucsd.edu/faculty-directory/joshua-graff-zivin.html
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